SUPERIOR - The wait is nearly over for Wisconsin fishermen and women just one
day before the fishing opener.
"I haven't fished the opener in probably 4 years and I
haven't done it for a while and I'm excited to get out there," said Ed
Heimann, of Superior.
Bait shops like the Bait Box in Superior can hardly keep up
with the lines waiting for that new license.
"It started yesterday, but today it's really kicked in,
today about noon or so. It's been non–stop," said Steven Dinda, owner of
the Bait Box.
But, before you go out there are a few minor statewide
changes to be aware of. The musky length limit has increased from 34 to 40
inches. Also, a bag limit of 10 has been established for lake herring on
Wisconsin/Michigan boundary waters. In addition to statewide rules, each county
also has its own rules to pay attention to. But, regardless of where you fish people
"I think it should be pretty good. I really do, you
know provided we get enough water and rain because everything is so low because
of the bad winter," said Heimann.
Dinda said, "A lot of people are optimistic about
catching fish. They're looking forward to just getting out and being with
With this being one of the first times where boats will be
prominent out on the waters boating safety is a must.
"Follow the rules and wear a coast guard approved life
jacket," added Dinda.
Weather could also make things rough for fishing, but with a
license in hand fishermen are ready for anything.
"I'm prepared for walleye; I'm prepared for crappie if
the walleye's aren't hitting good. I may even try for a few northerns, just see
what's hitting and go from there," said Heimann.